Choice at the end
UUs and the aid-in-dying movement.
by Elaine McArdle

Who’s at the Table?
Transformative youth camps.
by Kenny Wiley


Life's Passages
This issue of ‘UU World’ is full of Unitarian Universalist stories with a passage or transition at the center.
by Christopher L. Walton in From the editor

Way is opening
More than once, my attempts to stick to my dream prevented me from seeing other doors that were open all around me.
by Peter Morales in From the president

How Humor Helps (pdf)
Families Weave a Tapestry of Faith: Four-page insert adapted from Tapestry of Faith lifespan faith development programs.
by the UUA Faith Development Office in Families Weave a Tapestry of Faith


An upward spiral
People sense the energy at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, Pennsylvania—and they want to be part of it.
Flickr slide show
by Tina Porter

Empty nest, now what?
After more than two decades, I’ve reached a new parenting milestone.
by Kimberly French

Voices: rites of passage
UU World asked readers to tell us about the most meaningful rite of passage they had experienced.
by our readers

A voice from within
In finding my true voice, I also found my true gender.
by Mykal Slack

The best and worst of sex ed
In school I was taught abstinence only; in church I learned about Our Whole Lives.
by Savannah Hemmig

Mount Auburn, a UU Valhalla
Visit famous UUs at America’s first garden cemetery.
by Stephen Anable


Piecing myself back together
There’s a fine line between medicine and poison, powerlessness and agency.
by Teresa Schwartz

A gym for the soul
A covenant group is like a gym for the soul, an oasis in the desert.
by Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Creations: Fire
Translucent alabaster captures the spirit of fire.
by Dale Niemann

Arguments in the margins
It was precisely my emergent humanist belief that equipped me to face what seemed a death sentence.
by Jim Key


A dark night journey
A dark night of the soul is a time of dormancy, fallowness, waiting, potentiality.
by Peter Boullata

Cross my heart and hope to die
When my end comes, I hope I will have the power to die well.
by Doug Muder

What climate change says about us
Don’t worry about ‘nature.’ Worry about a species that can’t say, ‘Enough.’
by Jeffrey A. Lockwood

Skinner House celebrates forty years
Once an imprint of Beacon Press, Skinner House’s mission continues to evolve.
by Heather Beasley Doyle

Blog roundup
Highlights from the Unitarian Universalist blogosphere, October 2015 to January 2016.
By Heather Christensen in Letters

Top ten online
Most frequently visited stories on, October-December, 2015.
By Christopher L. Walton in Letters


The print edition contains abridged versions of stories that first appeared on

UU congregations aid refugees
At least three U.S. congregations and 25 Canadian congregations are already sponsoring refugee families from Syria.
by Elaine McArdle

Burundi Unitarians flee country
Many members of Unitarian church have joined their minister in exile in another country.
by Joshua Eaton

Clergy: BLM backlash ‘unprecedented’
Predominately white congregations reflect on the pushback and vandalism they experience for affirming “Black Lives Matter.”
by Joshua Eaton

Two nominated for UUA presidency
Race for 2017 election of next UUA president begins with nomination of Alison Miller and Sue Phillips.
by Christopher L. Walton

UUA’s Terasa Cooley resigns
The Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, member of UUA’s four-person executive team, announced today she will leave the staff at the end of January.
by Christopher L. Walton

Clergy support reproductive choice
Escalating war on women’s reproductive rights demands a liberal religious response, say Unitarian Universalist clergy.
by Elaine McArdle

Ministers awarded $100K by ‘Forbes’
Two Unitarian Universalist ministers lauded in competition for young social entrepreneurs.
by Elaine McArdle

Andover Newton to sell campus
Boston-area seminary, a leading training program for Unitarian Universalist clergy, hopes pared-down program and sale of campus will cut down on student debt.
by Joshua Eaton

Wayward GA pallets return
Freight company doesn’t explain how shipment bound for UUA General Assembly went missing in June.
by Elaine McArdle

Roundup: UUs in the media
Highlights from other news organizations’ coverage of Unitarian Universalists and their congregations.
by Rachel Walden

A climate change turning point?
Many Unitarian Universalists hope Pope Francis’s leadership will spur action on climate justice.
by Elaine McArdle

Congregational news: Arson, floods
Arson damaged the Denton, Texas, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; flooding affects UUs in Texas, South Carolina.
by Kenny Wiley, Elaine McArdle

Website theme for UU congregations
Unitarian Universalist Association introduces church website template, with sample content for local congregations to adapt.
by Sonja L. Cohen

UUA Board regrets ‘enflamed debate’
At October meeting, UUA Board of Trustees acknowledges ‘hurt’ at 2015 General Assembly.
by Elaine McArdle

Nominees for Financial Advisor, Board
All positions will be uncontested at 2016 General Assembly unless other candidates enter races by February 1.
by Christopher L. Walton

A holiday UUs can call their own
Luminescence is a winter holiday created by and for Unitarian Universalists.
by Michael Hart in Inside

Death and dying curriculum
by Sonja L. Cohen in Inside

Standing on the side of love now requires licensed images
To protect its trademark, UUA now licenses its Standing on the Side of Love logo for nominal fee.
by Christopher L. Walton in Inside

Online help for worship leaders
by Michael Hart in Inside

Resources for older adults
by Sonja L. Cohen in Inside

Abridged for print from the full obituaries published by the UU Ministers Association.


UU World Digital, Spring 2016
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Audio recordings
Audio recordings of selected UU World stories.
By Don Hymel